The Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller Fire-Red is our best lightweight stroller which is super lightweight at only less than 12 pounds (11.8 lbs). The two cup holders are found on the trays for the child and the parents. The stroller also protects you greatly against UV damage due to the canopy that has a 3-tier extended design. It is relatively easy to take and pack during traveling due to the folding mechanism on the go so you can take it virtually anywhere.
Our step-up pick is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller and the safety harness has 5 points to keep your baby safe. In fact, a storage pocket can be found on the rear as well as a super large storage basket. Moreover, the rear wheels can be locked so you can maintain your baby’s safety. Also, the reclining action has a total of 4 different positions.
The budget pick is the FitPlus Shiatsu Neck Massager Pillow and it comes with a convenient canopy so you can get your baby covered from the harsh sun. What’s more, the harness has a 3-point design. It has a max weight capacity of up to 40 pounds while the handles are also fully covered to make them super comfortable.
A Little Background
A stroller is for carrying your baby or toddler. When you are super tired in carrying your baby, you can depend on a sturdy and easy to move stroller s your baby stays safe and mobile at the same time. This is especially the case for babies who do not have the capability to walk yet or you just want to take them out for a stroll out at the park.
Strollers are usually very bulky when they are in the traditional design. Because a stroller is usually big to fit in a baby or a toddler, they have big parts and are a bit of a hassle to fold down. This is why most people do not take strollers out when traveling due to the fact that they provide constraint when it comes to lifting and folding at the same time. Some strollers are also not foldable due to their size and weight, which makes them inconvenient as strollers for your baby.
Traveling can be made easier with a lightweight stroller. When taking your baby out for a walk at the park, you will definitely need an easy to use stroller. This is why a travel lightweight stroller is in demand nowadays due to its super convenient features. A lightweight stroller makes use of a very sturdy but lightweight frame and usually weighs less than 20 pounds in its overall build. These are the perfect travel buddies for your baby.
The hassle of folding a big stroller can take its toll on your body and your capability to give more attention to your child. We all know that it can be hassling when you take your baby out of the stroller and fold it with one hand, and this is why most lightweight strollers have a one-handed folding mechanism to help mommies (and in particular, single mommies) to do the job on their own while carrying the baby on their other hand.
How We Picked
Choosing the best lightweight stroller was never an easy task because of the many competitors out there. Nonetheless, we stuck on to these important criteria for judging:
The weight of the lightweight stroller should be considered. Of course, this is why it is called a lightweight stroller. Typically, it is from 7 to 20 pounds, with the average weight of about 12 to 13 pounds in general. The material used for a lightweight stroller is usually aluminum and graphite material so it is given a rust-free finish and a versatile design to make it last for future generations to come despite its size and weight.
The safety of the harness design should also be top notch. Some strollers that are lightweight have the standard features similar to a regular stroller – they can have 3-point to 5-point harness systems which are important for keeping your baby safe and sound and fastened whenever you take them to the park or over at Disneyland.
The stroller should have easy to handle mechanisms such as brakes and soft handlebars. The brakes are highly important so that you don’t run into a bad situation where the stroller runs down a hill or a ramp, just like how a car might run backwards or forwards downhill when the hand brake is off. Brakes are very important in any moving vehicle and they should be easy to operate. In fact, some lightweight strollers have pedicure-friendly systems of braking for your convenience. The soft and ergonomic handlebars also help you be more comfortable for long hours of walk with your baby or toddler.
There should be a lot of compartments and storage areas as well as cup holders for the lightweight stroller. This is highly important because you never know when you or your baby could get thirsty. Aside from any storage mechanism such as a basket below or compartment, you should get one with a convenient cup holder. You can place your own drinks there or a few baby bottles so when the going gets tough, you have easy access to refreshments while strolling.
The folding mechanism of the lightweight stroller should be very convenient. The reason why it is called a lightweight stroller is the fact that it can be folded super conveniently and can be done usually with one hand. Some even make the use of a button system or two-button system in order to be folded. Also do consider the dimensions of the stroller when folded so you can easily fit it onto any trunk of a car, SUV or vehicle of any size.
A JPMA certified lightweight stroller is a great buy. This ensures that your lightweight stroller is super sturdy and of high quality and totally safe for your baby to use. It should also be free from chemicals and lead that could be harmful to your child.
The comfort factor of the wheels as well as the maneuverability should also be considered. While most baby strollers have plastic wheels, they should at least have suspension and great maneuverability so that your stroller can truly be your child’s SUV where you can easily park and drive. In fact, if you are planning to let the older sibling “drive” the stroller then it should be easily maneuverable.
Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller Fire-Red
Our best lightweight stroller is the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller Fire-Red and one of its great features is the fact that it greatly protects you greatly against UV damage due to the canopy that has a 3-tier extended design. The stroller is also super lightweight at only less than 12 pounds (11.8 lbs). As for the convenience, it is roughly very easy to take and pack during traveling due to the folding mechanism on the go so you can take it virtually anywhere.
As for the accessories and features, two cup holders are found on the trays for the child and the parents. For its size and stability, the max weight capacity of this lightweight stroller is up to 50 pounds so it can accommodate a wide range of youngsters in it. In addition to that, the safety restraint system has 5 points so your child stays safe and this system is employed on its multi-position reclining seat for comfort and safety on the go.
Made from high quality polyester, another feature of the Kolcraft Lightweight Stroller Fire-Red is the fact that the window has a cute peek-a-boo design for baby protection. It is also certified by JPMA standards when it comes to safety and quality. Moreover, there is also an extra storage area within the lightweight stroller for your needs.
As for comfort, the seat is very cozy for your baby. The whole stroller is also foldable only with one hand so it is super convenient for parents. As for mobility, the wheels have a front suspension and are capable of going through all terrain types so your baby gets a super smooth ride.
The Kolcraft Stroller stands at a height of 34 inches and when folded, spans to only 12 inches of depth. This awesome and super easy to carry stroller is backed by a manufacturer’s warranty of 1 year.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
Nothing is perfect in this world, and so even our top pick, the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller Fire-Red has a flaw but it is quite minor. The only known flaw about this lightweight stroller is the fact that the handles are not adjustable to accommodate taller people.
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
Available in 7 different colors and designs, our step-up pick for the best lightweight strollers out there is the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller. One of its features is the fact that it has an automatic lock feature for safety. And moreover, the safety harness has 5 points to keep your baby safe.
In addition to that, the reclining action has a total of 4 different positions. Storage convenience is not a problem due to the fact that a storage pocket can be found on the rear as well as a super large storage basket. As for mobility, the rear wheels can be locked so you can maintain your baby’s safety.
When it comes to comfort, the large seating area makes this lightweight stroller super comfortable for your baby. As for the weight, it is ideal for traveling at only 12 pounds of weight. For the construction, the aluminum frame makes it rust-free and lightweight and durable at the same time and the aluminum’s finish also gives style and design to the lightweight stroller.
On mobility, the front wheels are also equipped with anti-shock properties to give your baby a smooth and steady ride. The folding compactly is a breeze so you can worry less about setting up and folding the lightweight stroller. What’s more, in terms of protecting your child, the sun visor has a pop out design and the sun visor flips out to protect your baby against the harsh sun rays up to 99.9% protection. Moreover, this visor is attached to the canopy which is also removable and adjustable to your specific needs.
The Summer Infant 3D Stroller also includes a cup holder and comes with a carry strap for protection. As for mobility, the wheels measure 6 inches in diameter. The whole stroller stands at a height of 43 inches while the hand grips are made from contoured foam. In addition to that, the storage pocket used is a hook and loop closure pocket while the shoulder pads on the belt are very comfortable. Also, the lightweight stroller is also free from lead and other harmful materials for your baby. Take note that this is a 2015 model of the 3D Lite Summer Infant stroller.
Disney Umbrella Stroller with Canopy
For our budget pick, we chose the Disney Umbrella Stroller with Canopy which has a max weight capacity of up to 40 pounds. As for the safety features, the harness has a 3-point design. For convenience, the handles are also fully covered to make them super comfortable.
This awesome lightweight stroller for low budget mommies comes with a convenient canopy so you can get your baby covered from the harsh sun. In addition to that, the lightweight stroller has a folding umbrella action that is super compact. As for the looks, it has a cute striped design for babies. Super compact, it can ideally fit onto any car for travel purposes.
The Disney Umbrella Stroller is super lightweight at only 8.2 pounds and is totally ideal for younger babies as it is a small and economical stroller. Moreover, it is also an ideal indoor stroller.
Ideal Lightweight Stroller for Newborn Babies
Mountain Buggy 2016 Nano Stroller Black
Ideal for newborn babies and infants due to the soft material and ample size, the Mountain Buggy 2016 Nano Stroller Black is our best newborn lightweight stroller. It is currently available in 3 different colors and comes with a travel bag as well as a shoulder strap for safety and convenience.
This awesome stroller for newborns has a max weight capacity of 44 pounds and the whole lightweight stroller weighs only 13 pounds. It totally gives you more reclining action for this model and it also meets with airline luggage regulations for carry-on luggage because of its easy and compact fold mechanism that only folds in 2 steps.
Ideal for children 4 years old and below, the Mountain Buggy Stroller Black has a width of 21 inches overall. Take note that this is a 2016 model which has all of the newly updated features compared to its previous model. As for the looks, a fabric overlay has been given on its sun mesh extension so you can protect your child against the winter chills as well.
Moreover, when it comes to UV protection, the canopy also has great sun coverage and the visor is ultra easy for flipping out. As for the mobility part, the wheels have a super slim line design to make the super compact. Also, take note that the wheels are made from EVA material and measure 6 inches in diameter.
As for safety, the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller also has a brake system so your baby can travel safely. The seat back measures 18 inches so it is extra wide. In fact, you can even make traveling easier due to the car seat adapter so you can have less hassle in transferring your baby to and from the vehicle. From the canopy to the seat, it measures 27 inches. The stroller also has a curb pop feature for curb hopping easily. For total convenience, it only requires two buttons to fold.
Overall a very smooth lightweight stroller, the Mountain Buggy can fit in just about any vehicle, even smaller ones. The reclining mechanism is very convenient so it is praised by many mommies and kids. In fact, it also includes a carrying satchel with a handle so it can be easily carried on the way.
Lightweight Stroller with Car Transfer System
Graco LiteRider Click Connect Stroller Zuba
For on the go strollers, you should check out the Graco LiteRider Click Connect Stroller Zuba which is our best car transfer system. It conveniently attaches and conforms to any Graco Click Connect car seat you may have for your baby on your car for easy, on the go and hassle free experience on traveling and riding your vehicles.
As for the features in terms of comfort, the reclining seat has been padded in a deluxe and comfortable material and the multi-position reclining action makes it super comfortable and convenient for your baby. As for safety, harness is convertible from 3-point to 5-point so you can provide more security to your child.
The ideal for children under 40 pounds of weight and this makes it convenient for most babies. It is also super easy to carry around because it is less than 20 pounds (only 16.8 pounds to be exact) and it is easy to fold with just one hand. Moreover, it comes with 2 cup holders on the parent’s tray part and is super easy to maneuver. Adding to that, the swivel wheels are lockable on the front while the canopy has a window feature and is a lined design.
For flexibility, it has two reclining positions. The wheels are also equipped with suspension feature for a smoother ride while the tray is also removable so your baby can also receive great comfort. The Graco LiteRider comes with a storage latch feature as well and the brakes are 2-step in its design.
When it comes to portability, the travel basket included is quite large so you can stock up on diapers and other goodies. In fact, the stroller can also be used for newborn babies. What’s more, the storage basket has a drop-down design.
Best Graphite Lightweight Stroller
JOOVY Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller Turq
Available in 4 vibrant colors, we have the JOOVY Caboose Ultralight Graphite Stroller Turq for an ideal graphite lightweight stroller. It is super lightweight at only 22 pounds and can be used as a tandem stroller for twins or siblings and also comes with 2 convenient cup holders.
The aluminum graphite frame makes it stylish and sturdy at the same time. In fact, for the older baby, you can make use of the rear bench seat as well as the stand-on platform. It also includes a universal car seat adapter for on the go purposes and traveling with your baby or babies. Maneuverability is a breeze due to the ball bearing wheels that have been properly sealed.
A rear canopy is attached to the parent organizer part. It also comes with a zippered pocket for storing valuables such as car keys, home keys, mobile phones, wallets, purses etc. The suspension system of the wheels makes them super smooth and easy for your baby and the rear bench seat can be converted into a reclining sea for convenience.
The max weight capacity is 90 pounds, as this can be a tandem stroller. In fact, if you remove the canopy and parent organizer, the stroller becomes 19 pounds in overall weight. The wheels are pretty large – at the front, they are 7 inches in diameter while they are 8 inches at the rear. Also, the folding mechanism is very space saving.
The huge canopy also makes it ideal for sun blocking while the front seat has a recommendation of 3 months old an above while the rear can be seated by 2 1/2 year old siblings. It is also highly compatible with various car seats out there.
Best Waterproof Canopy Lightweight Stroller
RECARO Easylife Ultra Lightweight Stroller Granite
We chose the RECARO Easylife Ultra Lightweight Stroller Granite for a waterproof lightweight stroller in which the water repellent coating of the canopy makes it super unique among other lightweight strollers. Available in 3 different colors, ventilation is not a problem due to the peek a boo design for the window of the mesh walls. Also, visibility is also easy due to this window and wall design for the sides of the lightweight stroller.
The large canopy has a sun protection factor of SPF 50+ so you get ultimate protection against UV rays that might harm your child. It also comes with a convenient parent cup holder so you can put in your drinks or baby bottles. It has a storage basket that can be accessed easily for placing various baby products and goodies and the seat back also reclines for your convenience.
This stroller comes fully assembled so you don’t need to do anything and is ideal for children from 6 months and above. The max weight capacity of this lightweight stroller is 50 pounds and it is super lightweight at only 12 pounds. The seat has multiple positions and the safety harness has 5 points and 3 positions.
Comfort on the go is provided with the padded straps on the safety harness. Moreover, the mesh pocket also gives you more storage room and its side walls are also much ventilated. The handlebar is also super comfortable due to its soft foam material while the push brake is pedicure-friendly and has a linked design. The swivel wheels are also lockable so you can stay safe while suspension has been given to all of its wheels to ensure a smooth ride.
You can even use car seat adapters for this lightweight stroller. Conveniently, it stands freely when folded. Moreover, the handlebar allows you to push the stroller with ease. The fabrics used for this stroller are temperature friendly. The stroller folds to only 19 by 23 inches for easy and compact storage purposes.
Best Large Canopy Lightweight Stroller
Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller Black
A large canopy is included with this awesome stroller, the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller Black which also includes two cup holders for added convenience. The trigger fold design makes the lightweight stroller easy to set up and fold while the front seat also reclines to 3 positions so you get absolute comfort for your baby. Moreover, the large canopy is the unique feature of this lightweight stroller.
In fact, this canopy also has a visor extension so you can thoroughly protect your child from UV rays. Available in plain black and green inner colors, the stroller comes with a universal car seat adapter so you can make traveling a lot easier and also includes a handy parent organizer.
Parking breaks at the rear have a linked design for overall safety. The lightweight stroller is also lead-free so it is super safe for your child. Also, the spring suspension covers up all the wheels included while the tires are sturdy plastic. In fact, it is both a rear and forward facing lightweight stroller.
What’s more, the wheels can be swiveled and fixed at the same time while the rear seat also has a stand-on platform for your older child to stand on. For convenience, the storage basket is quite large and can fit just about any baby product or needed supplies on the go. You can also use this for a maneuverable tandem lightweight stroller. It can be fitted on just about any compact car, SUV or other vehicles and is highly compatible with over 28 various car seats for easy travel.
Lightweight Stroller with Dotted Design
Cosco Umbrella Stroller with Canopy Dots
The Cosco Umbrella Stroller with Canopy Dots has an extended canopy. For safety, the harness has 3 points. The covered handles are very comfortable and are ergonomic for long travels while the cute dotted design is perfect for babies. It is available in 3 various designs and colors and the umbrella fold mechanism is so lightweight.
The max weight capacity of this lightweight stroller is 40 pounds and it can be moved up to 10 miles per hour of speed. Moreover, the wheels are super sturdy while the fabric material is very comfortable and has a great design. What’s more, the locking mechanism for the brake makes it super safe for both the child and the parents. In addition, the brakes are also easy to set up while the foot rest is also very comfortable.
Vibrant and Unique Lightweight Stroller
Cosco Umbrella Stroller Monster Elliot
A unique and fun monster design lightweight stroller for babies, the Cosco Umbrella Stroller Monster Elliot has a cool image. The striking colors, graphics and design make this a unique stroller which is also available in other color combinations.
Like most strollers, it has a super safe 3-point harness and can be easily folded onto any closet or car due to the umbrella folding mechanism. It also has a foot rest to keep your baby comfortable and is super lightweight at only 7 pounds. Ideal for traveling, this stroller is part of the monsters collection of Cosco that kids will surely love.
When it comes to the other lightweight strollers out there, they were not too sturdy when it comes to quality and thus, they might compromise your safety in the long run and might not be worth investing in.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the advantages of a baby stroller?
A: According to First Cry , spending the day with your child requires you to get mobile and use a stroller. In fact, newborns can be a hassle to carry around yet they really need to have a nice time outdoors to get exposed to the world and explore some more. Also, toddlers may also need strollers, especially umbrella strollers. These lightweight strollers are highly convenient for traveling.
Q: What should I consider in a lightweight stroller?
A: According to Parents.com , make sure it is JPMA certified so your baby stays safe. If you travel often, you may need a travel system that helps you to easily go from stroller to car seat. Make sure there is enough room for storage. The handlebar should be high enough or adjustable and the stroller should be steerable and maneuverable. Also, the folding mechanism should be super convenient.
Wrapping It Up
To wrap it up, the Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller Fire-Red is our best lightweight stroller for taking your baby to the park or over at Disneyland without feeling tired after lifting and storing your stroller into your car’s compartment.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.